GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -- Fire might have shut down the west side of Glacier National Park, but the latest visitation numbers show there's still a chance the park could at least match last year's record visitation.
The Park was clearly on a record pace the first half of the year, well on its way to breaking last year's 2.9 million visitor mark. A record-breaking one million people visited the park in July alone, a 23% increase that broke the monthly record.
However, the Sprague Fire, which was started by lightning Aug. 10, has since forced the closure of the Lake McDonald Valley and the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. That's bound to impact numbers, although visitors can still reach Logan Pass from the east and other parts of the park remain open.
Despite the closures, attendance is still up 500,000 people over last year's record pace.